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Weak Passwords Still Going Strong

Weak passwords still going strong

Secure loginMerlin Software’s Mike Pnematicatos chief architect talks about the worrying and continual use of weak passwords to access sites containing personal data and gives some top tips on how to set a strong password to prevent your own life being hacked.

It’s 2015 and for years now many of us have been logging onto the World Wide Web (the Interweb as technophobe James May from Top Gear calls it). So it would be fair to expect that we would have a good understanding of the importance of a strong password by now.

After all, a good password will stop you being hacked or your identity being stolen.

But clearly this is not the case if we look at the annual list of the worst passwords issued earlier this year by SplashData.

SplashData compiled the 3.3 million stolen passwords made public throughout the year and assembled them in order of popularity – and 2014 was, well, a little worrying.

Here’s the list of SplashData’s worst passwords of 2014 (and their position in relation to 2013):

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Cracking The Technological Challenge Of Context Switching

Cracking the technological challenge of context switching

mad-at-computerMerlin’s chief architect Mike Pnematicatos considers the relatively new technological challenge of context switching and explains how he’s cracked it to become more efficient – and kept his wife happy too.

I read an article recently about software developers and multi-tasking and how inefficient it is. Apparently by the time developers are working on up to four projects they are losing 60 per cent of their time due to “context switching”.

So I thought.  Wow.  As a CEO I’m involved in far more than four “projects”.  I must be context shifting like crazy and must be hugely inefficient.

Well, there are certainly days when I feel I get nothing done.  Fact is: Most days I probably don’t get the stuff done that I wanted to do.

When I was younger, the stress I felt at the end of, and even during the day when I realized I was not achieving what I set out to do was enormous.

Now I’m more mellow … that’s not to say I don’t care.  I’m just more mellow.

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